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Olives with Lemon Confit and Chili Flakes

by on February 14, 2011 · 1 comment

Lemon confit is one of those buzz words, and rightly so. It sounds fancy, tastes delicious, elevates dishes and honestly, is not that difficult to prepare. There are various methods out there on how to transform lemons to lemon confit (you can see our suggestions below), but considering a few of those require the patience to wait two-to-three weeks before actually being able to use it, we went for the considerably quicker approach (read: while patience is most definitely a virtue, it is not one of ours). The recipe below takes just over one hour and you can store the lemon confit in the refrigerator for about 3 weeks, plus as an added bonus, the kitchen is softly perfumed with the smell lemon for the day, not bad if you ask us.

You could, of course, add a touch of lemon confit to a variety of dishes — risotto, moroccan inspired recipes, dips, salads — the list is endless, but we opted to toss a bit with chili flakes and buttery Cerignola olives. The subtle lemon flavor married with the touch of spice from the red chili flakes really makes the olives, in our opinion, addicting.

Adapted from Epicurious
Olives with Lemon Confit and Chili Flakes
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  • Cerignola olives (or olive of your choice)
  • olive oil
  • red chili flakes
  • 3 large lemons
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup blended or canola oil
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • pinch of salt
  1. Use a vegetable peeler to remove lemon zest (yellow part only) from each lemon; you may need to use a small pairing knife to remove any white pith from the peel.
  2. Bring a small saucepan of water to the boil, add the lemon peel and leave in the boiling water for 10 seconds, drain the water, set aside the lemon peel and repeat.
  3. In a separate saucepan, bring the oils, lemon juice, garlic and salt to a simmer, add the lemon peel, reduce heat to low and continue to simmer for about 1 hour.
  4. Cool and store, covered in oil in the refrigerator (will keep for up to a month).
  5. Finally, toss the olives with olive oil, lemon confit and chili flakes, then serve.
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I'm Joanne Gallagher and alongside my husband, Adam, I develop, test and share favorite recipes from our kitchen. I'm completely in love with food and you'll most likely find me covered in flour, chocolate or both.

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1 Comment

1 Aer Conditionat February 15, 2011 at 11:57 am

I always loved marinated green olives. They are my absolute favorite. But I never had the patience to make my own because of the lemon confit that took too long to prepare. But after seeing your recipe I’m definitely going to try them out. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


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